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Power of Vitamin B6

Have you ever experienced fatigue or malaise, anemia, convulsions or seizures? Besides Iron, B12 & B3, Vitamin B6 is another component that can help mitigate these conditions. Vitamin B6 is one of those vitamins that is the least known. It is involved with more than 100 enzymatic reactions therefore its function in the body is diverse and far-reaching.

Some of the functions of Vitamin B6 are:

Synthesis of essential molecules: The following molecules depend on Vitamin B6 for their synthesis: Amino Acids (building blocks of protein), Nucleic Acids (building blocks of DNA), Heme (protein centre of red blood cells) and  Phospholipids (cell membranes/boundaries).

Utilization of carbobydrate/fat: B6 facilitates Breakdown of glycogen (form of starch) stored in muscle and fat into available energy (glucose). Therefore it is a part of many pre-work out/ pre- sport event foods that aim at providing a boost of energy during the event. Additionally, it also aids weight loss.

Supports nervous system activity: B6 is involved in the synthesis of messaging molecules (“neurotransmitters” such as serotonin, melatonin, epinephrine, GABA) that help in the functioning of the nervous system.

Reduces risk of heart disease: Homocysteine is an amino acid produced in the process of protein metabolism. When homocysteine levels rise, they quickly begin to damage the cells and tissues of arteries & induce clot formation which leads to heart disease.Vitamin B6 helps metabolize homocysteine, thus lowering its levels in blood.

Sources of Vitamin B6

Some of the excellent sources of Vitamin B6 are bell peppers, turnip greens, mushrooms and spinach. Other very good sources include garlic, cauliflower, mustard greens, cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, tomatoes, cod, and tuna.

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